Posts By: Kaitlyn Kokoska

I tried a bamboo toothbrush in the pursuit of sustainable consumerism

With a slew of sustainable products flooding our newsfeeds via crowdfunding campaign websites like Kickstarter, it’s difficult to tell what’s actually sustainable and what’s just trendy. I decided to try out one product called BamBrush, a biodegradable toothbrush made of bamboo developed by UVic business student Ryan Price and his friends — among them a second business… Read more »

Shakespeare comes back to life at City Hall

According to historians, April 23 marks Shakespeare’s birthday and death day — and this year marks the 400th anniversary of both. To celebrate the poet and playwright, the City of Victoria put on Waking the Bard, hosted by Victoria’s poet laureate Yvonne Blomer as part of National Poetry Month. Attendees were treated to Elizabethan music from the… Read more »

UVic students start B.C.’s first blind soccer club

Some call it soccer, others call it football. No matter the name, soccer is played in over 200 countries and is the most watched sport in the world. At its most basic level, soccer only requires a ball and a single player to start—it’s one of the most accessible sports because of its language of… Read more »

Community marches in solidarity with indigenous women

Remembrance and healing were at the forefront of the annual Stolen Sisters Memorial March for missing and murdered indigenous women, which took place on Feb. 14. The march of around 800 people began at Our Place Society on Pandora Ave., and proceeded to the Legislature. There, food was provided and families shared stories to honour… Read more »

Filmmaker inspires audiences at imagineNATIVE festival

On Oct. 17, the 16th annual imagineNATIVE film and media arts festival in Toronto featured former UVic student and local filmmaker Steven Davies. Davies is a documentary filmmaker and media artist who has worked with Coast Salish communities for a number of years. With his films, he hopes that he can draw attention to the… Read more »

One Wave Festival inspires a rising tide

Activists and artists alike shared their message at the eighth annual One Wave Festival, held on Sept. 22–26 in Victoria. The Pacific Peoples’ Partnership (PPP), a local non-profit group representing indigenous Pacific Islanders, hosted the event with speakers from local First Nations groups and individuals from Papua New Guinea, Hawaii, and the Solomon Islands. Festival… Read more »

Island Sexual Health Clinic overcomes funding shortfalls

After dealing with inadequate funding in 2014, the Island Sexual Health Clinic (ISHC) on Quadra Street says that they are in a much better financial situation after deliberate staff changes and cutbacks in advertisement. “We found ourself in a bit of a big budget deficit to the point where we were concerned that we were going… Read more »

UBCO to study marijuana as PTSD treatment

The University of British Columbia Okanagan (UCBO) and Tilray, a Health Canada-licensed producer of medicinal marijuana, will team up in a study to treat veterans, first responders, and sexual assault victims with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Tilray employs over 200 Canadians from its location in Nanaimo and, pending regulatory approval, will provide multiple strains of marijuana to participants for the study in summer 2015.

Personal Paradise: Swan Lake

Swan Lake provides the perfect sanctuary for those who like light walking and hanging out with thousands of birds and small animals along the way. Located on Swan Lake Road in Saanich, the Nature House marks the start of the Lake Loop Trail. From there, one can travel along the floating dock, watch the ducks… Read more »